Wednesday, August 21, 2002

This Is Why Philosophy Should Be Banned and Philsophers Imprisoned

Obfuscation and absolute lack of clarity!

From EveTushnet's page

"But while an experience of beauty in inanimate objects is a radical encounter with the present tense, an experience of beauty in human beings or human acts is more often a radical encounter with the subjunctive tense--the might-have-been. Human beauty is always 'almost,' always more poignant and more sublime because of the great disjunction between what we are and what we feel we should have been. ...Human beauty, to my mind, is a clue that man is not inherently good (since our beauty always comes with this downward pull toward decay; and since we are even able to pervert beauty and submerge it in lust or hate), nor inherently bad (since it would not be nearly as painful--as sublime--to see a bad thing just being its ordinary bad self), but fallen--a good creature that cannot, in this life, be what he was supposed to be."

This is so complicated that it does not make sense. Let me help Ms. Tushnet here clarify what she really intends to say. I say this in really simple terms.

The subjunctive aspect of the Beautiful is radically mannifested in the human present causing a disjunction of the present, subjunctive and the pluperfect subjunctive in the morally vague notion of human beauty.

That's better! I think that's what she's trying to say.


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